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The Ultimate Toiletries Bag Packing List

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The Ultimate Toiletry Bag Packing List

3 tiny glass jars with cottontails, toothbrush, and lotion on a bathroom counter as The Ultimate Toiletries Packing List

I'm like a kid in a candy store when I'm in the Target travel-sized beauty section. You know what I'm talking about! You don't become a carry-on queen by lacking traveling organization and trying to fit full bottles of shampoo and conditioner in a quart size bag. Let me show you how I use this toiletries list to keep my bag nice & tidy and full of my favorite carry-on liquids!

Here is a peek inside of my toiletry bag!

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My makeup is in a separate bag so when I need to do my makeup I can grab it & go. I keep the basics with me: liquid foundation, blush, makeup brushes, liquid eyeliner, mascara, eyebrow pencil, and tweezers.

Pro Tip: Leave the eyebrow trimmer scissors at home. I've made the mistake of carrying on small scissors, and I had to chuck them at security. If TSA catches you trying to carry them on, they usually won't let them fly.

Pink makeup bag with foundation, foundation makeup brush, purple blush, eyeshadow, brush, edge control, toothpaste, and cleanser in a glass bottle in a crate on a bathroom counter
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I'm really into the sunscreen sticks. They're easy to apply and help to cut back on the liquids. *Twerks

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Facial Cleanser & Face Moisturizer

If I'm traveling carry on only for a weekend getaway and short trip, then I like to pack tiny glass jars with my favorite cleanser and moisturizer so I don't have to take the large bottles with me. A little bit of my cleanser goes a long way and these little containers save space!

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These are good to keep you fresh after a long flight and to wipe away access makeup before you cleanse.

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Dr. Bronner's is a great travel soap because it's an all-in-one! It's an organic Castile soap that can be used as body wash, shampoo, laundry detergent, and more. It'll last you awhile because a little bit goes a long way and the bar soap is awesome, too!

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My skin is dry, so I always travel with lotion. If I don't put my favorite lotions into travel-sized bottles before I go, then I buy it at my destination.

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a black comb, purple brush, perfume bottle, vera bradley toiletry bag, glass jars and lotion on a bathroom counter

Hair Conditioner & Hair Products

If you're like me, then you use 1 part shampoo and 32 parts conditioner. I usually take 2 travel-sized bottles filled with conditioner or buy products on the road. Conditioner is a necessity for detangling natural hair!

Here are a few of my must-have hair products when I travel:

  • Gel & Styling Brush
  • Brush & Comb
  • Hair Clips
  • Shower Cap
  • Headbands & Large Elastic bands 
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If you don't want to worry about TSA, then a solid deodorant is the way to go! You can use as much as you need and it doesn't count against your liquids!

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I've been lucky enough to find products whenever I need them, but it's always a good idea to carry your own supply. I prefer and trust L. Organic Cotton products because they're made of certified organic cotton and free of pesticides and chlorine.

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Oral Hygiene

It's a no-brainer! You can determine what works best for you, but I tend to pack the basics:

  • Toothbrush (I travel with a toothbrush cover case but the toothbrushes that fold into themselves are just as good)
  • Toothpaste (Sometimes the full size toothpastes get stopped at security, so I carry-on a travel-size)
  • Floss
  • Floss picks 
  • Mouthwash
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Contact Lens Case & Solution

Make sure you bring enough replacement contacts and solution for your stay. There's nothing like not being able to see the beautiful sites while you're traveling because you don't have your contacts or solution!

Pro tip: You can use a contact lens case as an alternative to 100ml ounce containers. It's the perfect size for liquids and products that you only need a dab!

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I keep chapstick and lip tint with me everywhere I go. Flights can be dehydrating and the color helps to keep you glowing after a long flight.

Pink makeup bag with foundation, foundation makeup brush, glass jars, perfume bottle, lotion and hand soap on bathroom counter

Other Stuff to Pack

You can also bring:

  • Perfume
  • Facial tissues and/or toilet paper
  • Q-tips
  • Nail clippers
  • Eye drops
  • Glasses & Prescription Sunglasses
  • Adhesive bandages / First Aid Kit
  • Pain and fever relievers
  • Allergy medicines
  • Prescription Medication with the label/script (you may have to present that information to TSA or need a refill)
  • Sewing kit, Stain Remover Pen


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